On 13 May 2008, the Senate referred to the committee the examination of estimates of proposed expenditure for the financial year 2008-09. The committee is responsible for the examination of the Attorney-General's portfolio and the Immigration and Citizenship portfolio. The portfolio budget statements were tabled on 13 May 2008.

Reference of documents

The Senate referred to the committee, for examination and report, the following documents:

The committee was required to report on its consideration of the Additional Estimates on or before 24 June 2008.

Estimates hearings

The committee met in public session on 26, 27, 28, 29 May 2008.

Over the course of the four days' hearings, totalling over 38 hours, the committee took evidence from the following departments and agencies:

Copies of Hansard are available on the internet at the following address:

An index of the Hansard for each portfolio appears at Appendix 6 and Appendix 7.


The committee heard evidence from Senator the Hon Joseph Ludwig, Minister for Human Services representing the Attorney-General and Minister for Home Affairs, and from Senator the Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

Officers from both departments and associated agencies also appeared. The committee thanks Ministers and officers for their assistance.

Questions on notice

Further written explanations, and answers to questions on notice, will be tabled as soon as possible after they are received. That information is also available on the committee's internet page at the following address:

The committee has resolved that the due date for submitting responses to questions on notice from the Budget Estimates round is 10 July 200 8.


In this report, the committee draws the attention of the Senate to issues raised in the two days of hearings. These included:

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Australian Crime Commission

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

Attorney-General's Department

Procedural Issues

Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

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